36 out of 42 Don Mariano buses fail road-worthiness test, 35 more to be checked
Those numbers don’t look good at all.
Xianne Arcangel of GMA News Online reports that "after one of the buses owned by Don Mariano Transit Corp. figured in the Skyway crash on Monday, December 16, the Land Transportation Office (LTO) conducted an inspection of the company’s buses. The vehicles were brought to the LTO's North Motor Vehicle Inspection Center in Quezon City.
So far, 36 out of the 42 buses tested failed roadworthiness tests. Today, Wednesday, December 18, the remaining 35 buses will be tested.
The report noted: "Broken headlights, damaged windshields, defective wipers, worn-out seatbelts, bald tires, and faulty signal lights are among the deficiencies found in the Don Mariano buses."
The report went on to add that "based on the initial investigation conducted by members of the police’s Highway Patrol Group, the Don Mariano bus involved in Monday’s deadly accident had bald tires."
Thus, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has ordered the suspension of Don Mariano Transit Corp.'s entire 77-unit fleet. It has also ordered the company's drivers to undergo mandatory drug testing and road safety seminars.
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